5¢ Buff (67), used with 5¢ Red Brown (75), both cancelled by and Buff tied by grid cancels, "Reading Pa. Sep. 10, 1863" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to San Jose, California, with blind embossed booksellers and music dealers corner card, Buff stamp with light diagonal crease at right, cover slightly reduced at left not affecting the corner card, certificate does not mention either of these issues but states light overall soiling which is not evident, Very Fine and striking, a scarce combination of these two better shades paying the 10¢ rate over the Rocky Mountains, ex Grunin and Ishikawa, with 1994 P.F. certificate
5¢ Buff (67), vertical pair, perfectly centered, warm shade, tied by part strike of "N. York Steamship" circular datestamp on cover to Brooklyn N.Y., backflap removed, Extremely Fine Gem pair of the 5¢ Buff on cover, probably fewer than five pairs on cover exist in this superb quality, ex Brown, Moody and Haas
5¢ Buff (67), rich color, used with 10¢ Green (68) and 30¢ Orange (71), tied by target cancels, "Williamsburgh N.Y. Jan. 31" (1862) circular datestamp on buff cover to Hong Kong, China, magenta manuscript "24" credit, red "London Paid" transit datestamp (February 15) ties 10¢, well-struck "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "New York Am. Pkt Feb. 1" and Hong Kong (Apr. 11) backstamps, 5¢ with slight crease from placement near edge, fresh and Very Fine, a colorful use to Hong Kong paying the 45¢ rate, the dates correspond to the sailing of the Inman City of New York from New York on February 1, 1862, arriving Liverpool February 15, with 1994 P.F. certificate
5¢ Buff (67), block of four, large part original gum, hinge remnants, bright shade that we would classify as closer to Brown Yellow (Scott 67a)
Henry J. Duveen (listed in Phillips's November 1922 book)
Arthur Hind, Phillips-Kennett sale, 11/20-24/1933, lot 262, to Ward
Wharton Sinkler, Eugene Klein sale, 5/17/1940, Sale 117, lot 91, to Ward
Philip H. Ward, Jr. (estate sold to Weills in 1963)
Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)
Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 401, to William H. Gross
The Philatelic Foundation (1993)
Extremely Fine centering, but creased, slightly gum stained and there is a small repaired hole in the bottom left stamp--uniqueness forgives these flaws
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
Despite the value of four singles with original gum at $110,000.00, the Scott Catalogue values this unique block at $11,500.00, explaining, "The unused block of 4 is unique but very faulty. Value is based on actual 1993 sale." It is true that Mr. Gross acquired this 26 years ago for $11,500 in the Ishikawa sale. One should expect the value to be updated to its new realization after the Gross sale is concluded
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
Due to narrow spacing on the 5c 1861 plate, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its choice centering and fresh color, may be considered a true condition rarity.
Ex Curtis. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only four others share this grade.